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This semi-evergreen fern is native to Northern India, China and Japan. What this fern lacks in flower beauty it more than makes up for in handsome foliage.
Often referred to as ‘Shaggy Shield Fern’, this variety has a particularly neat appearance with lance-shaped, pinnate fronds. As new fronds unfurl they resemble elephant trunks. These start off pale green but mature to a much darker green. Its stems are covered in fine black hairs which giving it a distinctive appearance.
This fern is easy to grow and will tolerate a wide range of conditions. It prefers moist soil and light shade but will also thrive in full shade.
One of the benefits of a fern such as Dryopteris cycadina is that it has a relatively regular growth cycle. This means its size is fairly predictable which makes it ideal for edging, corners and as a statement for breaking up areas. With its strong shape, yet compact habitat, Dryopteris cycadina won’t outgrow its space and will require little clipping.
Plant Dryopteris cycadina in beds, borders or containers to bring a formal, soft elegance to your garden landscape. Alternatively, these look fantastic planted in a shady woodland area providing a hint of natural wilderness.
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